Exports from the Chinese dry ports of Khorgos on the China-Kazakhstan border and Manchuria on the border with Russia will be suspended until March 26. The suspension began on March 11, with some exceptions made for certain trains and containers of key materials, Railway Supply magazine reported, quoting RailFreight.


A number of industry insiders stressed that Chinese Railways issued a suspension order, stating that congestion at port stations is the main reason. Regarding the dry port of Manchuria, the exceptions include China Railway Express, containers and basic materials. As for Khorgos, exemptions apply to China-Europe and Central Asia trains, containerized commercial vehicles and key materials.

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The industry insiders said that the current suspension may be linked to wagon management in Russia. Russian Railways needs to schedule the supply of wagons for domestic and transit transport, leading to a lack of wagons for international transport. The goods, therefore, cannot enter Russia and consequently cause congestion at the border crossings involved. Chinese dry ports are not the only example of this type of congestion: transit countries are as well.

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